Product examples: snacks, baby food.
Common materials: mixes of nylon, PET, PP, PE, metalized PET and/or aluminum foil laminated together.
-The majority of flexible films are currently not recyclable.
-Few recyclable options exist. If a pouch is made of 100% HDPE or LDPE, it is only recyclable at participating in-store drop-off locations.
Compostable: Bio-based compostable flexible film packaging options currently exist for brands.
Challenges to consider:
-Flexible films are composed of different plastic resins laminated together. This makes it difficult for recyclers to separate the materials and properly sort the packaging.
-Additionally, because of their light-weight nature, they cannot be sorted with standard Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) equipment.
-Use a recyclable pouch format made of 100% HDPE or LDPE and educate consumers to recycle these products through in-store drop-off programs.
Implement bio-based compostable films.